“If you’re asking me if I want to be losing early in a tournament and then withdrawing from a tournament while being injured and not competing for three or four weeks, then no, that’s definitely not what I expect, and that’s definitely not what I want to be doing,” she said when asked about her stop-and-start season.
“Do I want to be ranked No.60, 70 in the world? No, I don’t. Do I want to be losing first round? Absolutely not. That’s why I’m still here, is because I’m not satisfied with those things and because I keep looking and getting better and working on things, making adjustments, not being stubborn on things that I believe will make me better.
“That’s really what I can do for myself in my career, just like everybody else, no matter what their career is. Mine just happens to be in front of thousands of people. The losses are a little bit tougher, on a different level. We all face the same vulnerabilities, sometimes the same success, sometimes the same losses, whether it’s personal, professional.”
Eager to kick-start her comeback, she rehired longtime coach Thomas Hogstedt, with whom she worked through her evolution from “cow on ice” to French Open champion for the first time in 2012. A tough loss to Caroline Garcia at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix gave way to success against Buzarnescu in Madrid, playing one of her cleanest matches in the last six months.